A game of two halves
This week's match report is written by Demons man of the match
Dartfordians Demons went to Westcombe Park, unfortunately losing after a very tight and physical game.
The game started quickly with both sides playing well. However, after conceding a few penalties Darts were sent back to defend a lineout just inside their 22, which Westcombe Park capitalized and the ball was passed out wide to score.
Darts responded well with a fantastic mix of forward and back plays to win a penalty in the oppositions 22, which Joe Gills slotted away. However, Westcombe Park came back strong, winning a penalty and kicking down into the Darts 22, which after a few forward phases they scored.
Westcombe Park came back in quick succession to score, passing wide to score in the corner. Dartfordians came back again, and after some excellent scrummaging and pod work, they won a penalty, which was kicked to touch, gaining a very good position in Westcombe’s 22. After a fantastic catch by Tom Adams, and a well set maul, Tom Ball peeled off the back to crash over the Line. 19-8.
However, Westcombe Park responded well again, after a conceding a few silly penalties, Darts were back in their 22, having to defend a line out, which eventually was spun wide for Westcombe Parks winger to score. 24-8. However, the drama wasn’t over yet in the first half as Darts won a penalty, which Joe Gills slotted nicely. 24-11 at Half Time.
The second half was very different. Westcombe Park did not get a point as Dartfordians stepped it up a notch. After dominating the scrums all afternoon, it gave the backs good momentum. After Pete Essien made some fantastic breaks, combined with hard-running pod work from the forwards and Sonny-Bill-esque offloading, Ed Young crossed the line after some amazing build up play, which Joe Gills converted – 24-18. Unfortunately during this period, Kay Green fell to ground, dislocating his shoulder.
Pressure was mounting again, after the Darts pack dominated the Scrums, and after a succession of pick and goes, Darts won a penalty, which was kicked deep into Westcombe Park’s 22, for a lineout.
With 5 minutes to go it was getting gnarly. After being held up and knocked on Darts had possession. After another powerful scrum, the ball was kept close in control, and 20+ phases later, Joe Carey powered over the line to score. Unfortunately Joe Gills didn’t get the conversion, and as Darts ran out of time, it ended 24-23 to Westcombe Park.
All the boys dug deep, and although they lost, they can hold their heads high, as they never gave up and almost clawed back the win in an impressive second half display. Onto next week, COYD!